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Australian Racing: Excelleration looks speedy at Morphettville

It's Cup Day at Morphettville, with the 3200m Group 3 Adelaide Cup the highlight on a nine-race card.

There's also racing action from Ballarat, Coffs Harbour, Mackay and Orange for punters to enjoy.

Race 7 Morphettville

Excelleration @ 7.50

Race 7 Ballarat

Namaska @ 6.50

Race 6 Mackay

Admiral’s Daughter @ 4.80

Excelleration ready for Cup glory

The 3200m feature Group 3 Adelaide Cup is set to jump as the seventh race of the day at Morphettville.

The Map is expected to start favourite here, having demonstrated good form in recent months including when winning a 2800m Benchmark 96 handicap in November.

The mare was successful at Flemington and delivered a Listed race success over 2006m at this venue two starts late.

The daughter of Alpine Eagle caught the eye in finishing a good second in a Group 3 over 2600m here, having been forced to challenge widest of all.

The winner that day, Yellowbrick Road, is one of a number from that race who are in the line-up here, however it’s the seven-year-old EXCELLERATION who is selected here.

The selection has shown solid form over much shorter distances and despite his age he is unexposed over middle and long distances.

The 7.50 gelding recorded an impressive victory when successful by nearly four-and-a-half-lengths in a 1950m event at Great Western in January.

Trained by Richard Cully, the pick went on to deliver his first win at Group 3 level when coming home in front in the 2400m Launceston Cup at the end of last month.

The Excelebration gelding came from mid-division on that occasion and shaped as if he would have no issue stepping up in distance.

A wide barrier shouldn’t pose too many issues here and he is selected to complete a hat-trick on his return to South Australia.

Namaska backed for Ballarat success

The seventh race of the day at Ballarat is a 0-64 handicap set to take place over 1200m on a good 4 track.

Jordy Girl has delivered some solid efforts this prep, including when winning twice with the first of those victories coming in an 1100m maiden at Wodonga in November.

The filly recorded her first victory since that triumph when coming home less than half-a-length clear of her rivals in an 1175m Class 2 handicap at Albury on 18th February.

Racing on a good 3 track that day, the daughter of Toronado came home in front having raced on the pace.

While she rates highly, NAMASKA, one of two runners in the field for Nigel Blackiston, is the selection.

The filly broke her maiden by half-a-length when contesting a 1221m maiden at Geelong in December.

The four-year-old went on to follow up when successful by a narrow margin in a Benchmark 58 handicap over 1200m at Cranbourne two weeks later.

The 6.50 pick failed to shine when down the field in a 1300m Benchmark 64 handicap subsequently, however that marked just her second start on a wet surface. 

The Pariah filly has been freshened since that effort and looks up to returning to winning ways.

Daughter set to double up

The sixth race at Mackay is a competitive looking 1300m Benchmark 55 handicap contest.

ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER showed ability when in the hands of the Ciaron Maher team, including when placing third over this trip at Bendigo on debut in October.

The filly joined current trainer Bonnie Thomson following a two-and-a-half-length fourth over 1612m in a maiden at Benalla at the end of January.

The switch to racing in Queensland appeared to suit, with the 4.80 selection recording her first victory when successful by a narrow margin in a 1200m maiden at Townsville.

The filly has a good barrier here and making her first start against winners she is selected to complete a double.

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